how to write an introduction for an essay
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The function of the Introduction is to serve as a ‘map’ of the essay, outlining to your reader the main argument and points which you develop in your essay. Most introductions begin with an orientation in the form of a brief general statement that leads the reader into the topic showing how the specific topic relates to bigger issues or to the discipline field. This is followed by your thesis statement , which is your concise response to the essay question, then an outline of the argument presented in the essay. You may find it useful to think of an essay’s introduction as funnel shaped moving from the general to the specific. Here is an example:
Example of an essay introduction 1
Essays take time to complete. You will need to set aside time for the following stages of writing:
Essays are used to assess your understanding of specific ideas and your ability to explain these in your own words.
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